Neighbourhood of the Future

Green Blue Cities

Dutch cities have to deal with two problems. Climate change has become a visible problem in the urban environment of the Netherlands. Cities cope with heavy rainfall in short periods of time and heat stress occurs more often which even leads to more casualties. At the same time large parts of existing neighbourhoods are falling into decay. Residents with high income move out, leaving the disadvantaged behind. The social structure of the neighbourhood becomes fragile. Both problems should be solved.

The task of the urban planner is to introduce and design sustainable urban interventions, creating future proof neighbourhoods within the framework of a green blue city. The minor consists of six courses that are integrated, divided in the two quarters. Both quarters consist of a studio project and two courses. The first quarter an urban strategy is the main subject; in the second quarter a future proof design for a neighbourhood or a toolbox is the main subject. Courses in the first quarters give vital input for the design studio in the second quarter.

Image by Erik Fecken, In: Waterplan 2007, Gemeente Rotterdam

Minor code: BK-Mi-083-16

Language: English

Participating institutions: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology in cooperation with Wageningen UR and the AMS institute

Maximum participants: 40

Education methods: Research and design studios in groups, duos and individually, seminars, lectures with a workshop element, excursions, study groups and visualization and writing skills workshops.

For whom?

  • The minor is intended for academic students from architecture, urban planning, regional planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, technology, policy and management, industrial design engineering, social science faculties and other studies related to the topic of climate change. Also students in HBO education can enroll for the minor. For them a selection procedure applies.
  • You must have affection for design as may be expected from your respective expertise and bachelor program. Furthermore you have an interest in social and sustainable aspects and you are academically curious.
  • This minor has an interdisciplinary character and thus will assemble students in groups to create a balanced variety of faculty backgrounds.
  • For students who are NOT from Delft University of Technology, Leiden University or Erasmus University a separate selection procedure applies. After applying as described on the minor website you will receive an email within three weeks in which you will be asked to fill in a questionnaire. After receiving your questionnaire you will be informed whether you are officially enrolled or not.

What will you learn?

In the minor Neighbourhood of the Future - Green Blue Cities you will learn:

  • to recognize inner-city problems caused by climate change and social aspects
  • to describe spatial interventions which contribute to a future proof neighbourhood
  • to give relevant feedback on content and presentation to peers and accept and react on received feedback
  • to collaborate with students from other disciplines in order to improve own research, design and writing skills and help improve these skills of others
  • to apply, test and integrate solutions and create a future proof urban plan or to create, test and label a set of spatial tools of a self-designed toolbox for future proof urban plans
  • to present these solutions together with the plan, or the toolbox by using visualization techniques

Course overview

The minor consists of six courses that are integrated, divided in the two quarters. Both quarters consist of a studio project and two courses.

Quarter 1

  • Urban Analysis and Design (BK7210)
  • Future Proof Spatial Transformation Strategy (BK7264)
  • Transformation Strategies for Deprived Districts (BK7252)

Quarter 2

  • Sustainable Urbanism (BK7250)
  • Future Proof Urban Project (BK7263)
  • Urban Design Evaluation (BK7265)

For course descriptions, please visit the study guide.


Ir. Mariëtte Overschie


Dr. Lei Qu

Students about this minor:

“I’ve enjoyed creating design solutions for an assignment that is actual daily practice!”

“Working on an urgent topic as climate change, creating a resilient plan for Rotterdam while using tools of urban planners, is what inspired me.”

“The interaction between students with different backgrounds created additional value to the project.”

“I've learned to search for possibilities!”